NBA Draft 2010: What Happens if the Nets Take Wesley Johnson?
Rumors have it that the Nets are seriously considering taking Wesley Johnson with the third overall pick instead of long time favorite, Derrick Favors.
Their reasoning for this is because they feel that Johnson is the most NBA ready player in the draft and Favors would be somewhat of a project.
The other reason is that they feel with all the big men free agents that it would be easier to draft a SF and go after a big in free agency than do the opposite.
If the Nets do indeed go with this strategy, what effects will it have on the rest of the draft?
Nets now pursue BIG free agents
Out of all the good available free agents this off-season, there are more big men than anything. Sure Lebron James and Dwyane Wade are probably the two biggest free agent names, but after that the best guys out there are all bigs.
If the Nets draft Johnson it would then put them in a situation to pursue one of the big guys out there.
Names that they would pursue would probably include: Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, and David Lee.
Out of these names the most likely names to land in New Jersey would probably be Amare or Carlos Boozer.
The Nets really like Derrick Favors and his NBA player comparison is Amare Stoudemire, thus, the Nets would love to land him.
Unfortunately for them, I believe Amare will most likely go team up with Wade in Miami, but the acquiring of Boozer would be far from a lose.
In fact, Boozer would seem to fit in a little better to the Nets team, seeing how Lopez is the low post guy and Boozer has the ability to step out and hit a very reliable jump shot.
No one knows for sure who the Nets would land in the free agency with this scenario, but it's almost a guarantee that they would draw in one of the good free agent big men so they would be sitting pretty.
T'wolves loose their guy(Johnson), so do a deal with Detroit
Everyone knows the Pistons are in love with Demarcus Cousins, but they don't have a shot at getting him sitting where they are now at the No. 7 pick.
Cousins rejected offers to come to any Timberwolve's workouts because he felt they had already made their choice in Johnson so Minnesota would be extremely hesitant in picking him here and, although Favors is an option, Detroit offers them a deal that is worth taking.
Detroit sends Tayshaun Prince and the No. 7 pick to Minnesota for Ryan Hollins(only for cap reasons) and the No. 5 pick.
Although this trade seems to favor Minnesota, it actually clears up a lot of cap for Detroit and gets them the player they desperately wanted. In return the T'wolves get their SF replacement for Johnson, even though Corey Brewer is pretty solid there, and still maintain a high draft pick.
Nets pick plus trade do Kings a Kingly FAVOR
The Kings now land Derrick Favors instead of Demarcus Cousins. They get a little bit of a younger player with more athleticism and less baggage.
The next Amare Stoudemire will be a great running mate for Tyreke Evans. With his athletic ability and ability to run the floor, Favors will be a great target for Evans to hit on fast breaks and to hit down in the low post.
Favors will flourish with Tyreke distributing the ball to him(great combo for the pick and roll and pick and pop).
T'wolves use #7 pick to get Al-Farouq Aminu
Minnesota could do a couple things with this pick, they could draft guys like Aminu or maybe Ed Davis, or instead, could package it with Kevin Love or Al Jefferson in another trade.
Personally, if the first trade were to happen, I think they would keep this pick and draft Aminu.
He is a very athletic and versatile player that could give Minnesota some good options. They could move Prince to the two guard with Flynn at the one and Aminu at the three.
Another option would be to trade Kevin Love and move Aminu to the four. This would be a little bit of a stretch, but Aminu has been compared to Josh Smith and Smith plays the four so Aminu definitely could as well.
As for the rest...
The rest of the draft pretty much falls how it would have anyway. The top two picks aren't affected whatsoever and Golden State's pick at No. 6 isn't affected either(they end up taking Greg Monroe.)
As for all the picks after No. 7, everything is completely unaffected.
The top seven players taken in this scenario would probably be the same seven taken if the Nets stick with Favors and none of this other stuff ends up happening.